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About Midrand

Midrand

 

Midrand is an area in central Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is situated between Centurion and Sandton, and is part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

 

Midrand
 
Midrand is located in South Africa
Midrand
 Midrand shown within South Africa


History

 

Midrand was established as a municipality in 1981 (in an area known as Halfway House, after its position between Pretoria and Johannesburg), but ceased to be an independent town in the restructuring of local government that followed the end of apartheid in 1994. It was incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in 2000. It was made part of Region 2 and, as of 2006, when the number of regions were reduced to seven, it forms part of Region A.

Though no longer an independent town, the name Midrand is still in common use to denote the suburbs around theN1 highway north of the Jukskei River up to the border with City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. (This portion of the N1 highway is also known as the Ben Schoeman Highway.) Suburbs that are generally regarded as being in Midrand include among others: Country ViewCarlswaldCrowthorneGlen AustinHalfway HouseHalfway GardensKyalamiVorna ValleyNoordwyk, and Randjesfontein.

In 2010, it was reported that the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality wished to annex Midrand from the City of Johannesburg, reportedly to boost the City of Tshwane's income, which was severely strained.

The city is relatively modern, having experienced much growth in the last decade. Many businesses have relocated there due to its proximity to good highway links and its location in the economic centre of Gauteng Province. Midrand's development has meant there is little break between the outskirts of Johannesburg and those of Pretoria, and the Gauteng Provincial Government envisages that, according to current growth trends, much of the province will be city by 2015.

 


 


The Johannesburg Water tower, which for many years dominated the Midrand skyline.


Landmarks

 

Midrand has the largest conference centre in South Africa which is known as Gallagher Estate which was built on the former site of Laerskool/Primary School Halfway House, which subsequently moved to new grounds near the firestation.

The newest landmark of Midrand is the Nizamiye Mosque, the largest one in South Africa. The Classical Turkish style mosque was funded personally by Turkish-born construction tycoon Ali Katircioglu at a cost of R210 Million.



Education


The Midrand Graduate Institute, Varsity College's new campus opened in Riverview Office Park in 2012 and UNISA's Graduate School of Business Leadership are all located in Midrand.


Sports

 

Kyalami, an international renowned racetrack is in Midrand and is the venue for many of South Africa's premier motor racing events. The South African Lipizzanersriding academy is situated in the smallholdings of Kyalami.




SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midrand

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